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January 7, 2010

30 entertainment ideas for the new year

Enough with the reminiscing. It’s time to look ahead.

There will be many other worthwhile events, movies, shows and albums in 2010, but from what’s been confirmed thus far, this list — a mix of local events and national entertainment — should be a good starting point to get you ready for the new year. As always, dates are subject to change.

1. The return of HBO’s “Big Love” — Most of the great HBO dramas seem to get plenty of publicity, but “Big Love” still flies under the radar. This season, everyone’s favorite polygamist Mormon family gets deeper into the casino business while piling on the juicy familial subplots. (Jan. 10)

2. “Contra” by Vampire Weekend — Vampire Weekend’s 2008 debut ended up being one of the most discussed albums of the decade, garnering a large amount of both supporters and detractors. That’ll happen when the group’s made up of four Ivy Leaguers who use world music influences. But there’s no denying the debut had some catchy melodies. How will the group’s sound strike listeners now that the hype has subsided? (Jan. 12)

3. “The Big Lebowski” event at the Riviera Theatre — North Tonawanda’s crown jewel once again hosts an event dedicated to the Coen Brothers’ cult classic. (Jan. 16)

4. “In the Heights” at Shea’s — One of the hottest musicals in recent memory comes to Shea’s at the end of the month. The story is set in the New York City Dominican-American neighborhood of Washington Heights. The Broadway production of “In the Heights” was nominated for 13 Tony awards in 2008 — it won Best Musical. (Jan. 26-31)

5. “Transference” by Spoon — The newest album from one of America’s best rock bands during the past decade. Spoon has been on a roll for years, and shouldn’t have any trouble continuing that momentum. (Jan. 19)

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